Professional French - FREN5900

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Fiona Symes checkmark-circle


Students are taken through essential aspects of the conduct of business in France (and French-speaking countries), both learning about those aspects and becoming familiar with specific features of the French language encountered in a professional context. In terms of key skills, business skills and language skills, encourages the practice of meticulous accuracy.
As an option, students may register for the Diplôme de français professionnel Affaires B1 (DFP Affaires B1) of the Chambre de Commerce et d'Industrie de Paris Ile-de-France (CCIP). The syllabus of FREN5900 closely follows some of the pedagogical requirements of the business French programme of the CCIP.


Contact hours

Total Contact Hours: 20
Private Study Hours: 130
Total Study Hours: 150

Method of assessment

Main assessment methods

Written Assignment 1 (400 words) – 40%
Written Assignment 2 (400 words) – 40%
Small group presentation (15 minutes) – 20%

Reassessment methods
Reassessment Instrument: 100% Coursework

Indicative reading

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See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Function, in French, on a social and general professional level within a general business context;
2 Communicate effectively in writing and orally in predictable situations in a professional context (Common European Framework of Reference indicative level: B1/B2);
3 Understand and accurately use vocabulary and forms of expression of the contemporary general French business context.

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

1 Communicate and work as part of a team on a research and presentation project;
2 Problem-solve by undertaking independent research in the library collections and using appropriate academic databases online;
3 Demonstrate transferable skills necessary for employment at the appropriate level in the target language: oral and written communication, organisation of events, participation in meetings, liaison with colleagues and customer care.


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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